Monthly Archives: June 2015

NBC Dropped Donald Trump over Derogatory Comments!

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It is a step back for a society when a person, especially a person with influence uses derogatory words and phrases. We are in the year 2015 and thus far we have created great advances in medicine, technology, space, and much more, but the one thing that still hurts us as a community is the fact that people are still discriminating and generalizing horrible stereotypes onto groups of people. Today, NBC dropped Donald Trump because of the derogatory comments he made about immigrants.

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The Bespoke Boy Becomes Suited Up

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You’ve been measured, careful notes on your fit, cuff, collar, and shirt fabric selections have been taken. Off she goes to place your preferences and order is in production. You’re on your way to building a wardrobe that will be the office envy. In about four weeks your JHilburn Personal Stylist will deliver the shirt to you. She’ll arrange to meet at a comfortable location. She’s taken the time to lightly press your shirt, place on hanger, and deliver your first shirt. The minute you see it you’re excited. She encourages you to try it on. You excuse yourself to the Men’s Room. What a great fit. You take a look in the mirror and check out the cuff and collar. You know this one won’t be hitting pile in the corner floor.
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Social Media & The New Middle East: Atheism

Social Media and the Rise of Atheism

For many around the world, the mention of the Middle East does not evoke the idea of thousands of young men and women touting atheism via social media. Yet this is exactly what is happening in the Arab world as young people dissatisfied with religious institutions find a refuge in social media.

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The  Paleo diet for dummies

Five minute overview: The Paleo diet for Dummies.

 

Who’s your Daddy?

Think about your dad for a second. Now, think about your biological father from 2 million years ago. What that was that dude like?  It must be nice not having a mortgage, a car payment , cable TV bills and centralized health care. As a matter of fact it was probably pretty cool not even have money. But, the flip side is that he was the king of the jungle or the forest or the wilderness or the desert. He survived by being strong, agile, resourceful and focused.  He was the original start-up. Over thousands and millions of years, this forced dad after dad to become very evolved in his physical body, in his skills and in what he consumed.

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Long Deep Breathing

Perform. Succeed. Be.

Finding a balance in the numerous titles life presents, is a true test of mental, physical and spiritual flexibility. The various roles of contributor, partner, friend, parent, volunteer, spiritual warrior and many others that we find ourselves in, can overwhelm our nervous system on a daily basis. “Long Deep Breathing” is a natural and simple technique assisting in filling the lungs to capacity and calming internal systems.

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Establish Social Media Credibility For Your Brand

Establish Social Media CredibilityWhy is your brand using social media? It’s a question that every brand wanting to establish social media credibility needs to address now. It’s also a question that requires a more focused answer than a general line on why social media is important for business. While that’s healthy to recognize, it’s also a foregone conclusion in 2015. Still, many organizations stop there and start posting … with no purpose.

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LinkedIn Tips for Lawyers – Joining LinkedIn Groups

Joining LinkedIn Groups - multiple chances to "shake hands"Where can you meet 2,390 Dallas Bar Association members in one place? No, not a networking Happy Hour. You can meet them in the Dallas Bar Association LinkedIn Group. This access to a large network is why joining LinkedIn Groups is a smart choice. You can potentially connect with people that you wouldn’t otherwise have the opportunity to, you can share articles/blogs you have written, publicize webinars you are giving, and invite others to attend events where you are presenting – all with a push of a button. Joining LinkedIn Groups allows you to be a part of the conversation and bring awareness to yourself and your practice.

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Unified Mobile Application for Telcos

Is a Unified Mobile Application for Telcos the best way?

Picture of a phones clutter with a lot of applicationsMobile Carriers tend to create single service applications to offer services to their subscribers, rather than creating 1 unified mobile application for all their services.  Searching in an online application store revealed one particular carrier has 16 Mobile application.  The applications range from self-care app to a mobile jukebox.   Why would a large mobile carrier (Telcos) create multiple mobile applications rather than 1 unified mobile application?    Together we will go through the pros and cons of ‘To Unify or Not’.

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Social Media = Better Politics?

Facebook, Twitter, Instagram… These are some of the new tools politicians use to communicate with voters. We have come a long way from front porch speeches and rallies.

Most people think social media benefits the political process, and although there is much evidence to that effect, it’s not all good news.

Social media promote discussion, reaches new audiences and is cheaper.

Likes, Retweets, shares… social media engagement is becoming the new life blood of political viability. Politicians now live in fear of “How can people support my campaign if I only have 500 likes?” Engagement also comes with what politicians like to avoid: dissent. Now public office holders can immediately know how much people disagree with what they are saying.

Reaching a younger demographic is now more likely through social media. Now we may be able to accomplish what democracy needs: More young people at the polls than at “Rock the Vote” concerts.

Although social media is a long way from being more important than TV in election budgets, it will increasingly take center stage as a way to communicate with voters. This will level the playing field for candidates who can’t fundraise as effectively, but have important things to say. This, of course, until Zuckerberg breaks his promise to keep Facebook free!

Poorly researched comments, biased responses and over simplified conversations can be a detriment to the political process.

Social media allows anyone to post whatever they want, this doesn’t mean they should. We are not required to back up our arguments, engage in balanced debates or elaborate enough to clearly explain our point to the audience in the social media world. To be fair this happened in traditional media already, but the character limit on Twitter doesn’t help!

Social media will continue to become a stronger part of the political process over time. The political process is already quite a mess. Social media will make things worse if not used responsibly.

Any thoughts? Please comment below.

 

Born in the USA

Bruce Springsteen & Born in the USA

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Rock ‘n’ Roll Hottest Concert-1984

Bruce Springsteen, who was born in the USA  could be a major influence on one’s personal life; even if  you are not an avid fan of rock ‘n’ roll fan. If you did not attend an earlier ‘Bruce Springsteen” concert in the 70’s then you could not anticipate or even compare his concert-Born in the USA which debut  in 1984. This was the concert that launched the Boss’ career from a nightclub rock ‘n’ roll musician into a mega star. Bruce step into the world of celebrity culture, with other famous musicians such as Michael Jackson, Prince, Madonna yet he distinguished Continue reading

In Women’s World Cup Social Media is Huge

FIFA Women’s World Cup Social Channels Have Booming Numbers

Women's World Cup Social LogoIt’s Friday afternoon at the time of this post and the US Women’s Soccer Team is hours away from its quarterfinal match versus China.  And social media is paying attention. Continue reading

How to: Convice your boss the power of social media

Social media is ranked the most difficult marketing tactic. Surprised?

Why is this? And why does your boss not understand the importance of investing time and resources into doing it right?

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Painting with Light Photography

Painting with Light Photography

Image by Spencer Martinez

Painting with Light is a fun techique that photographers use to illumnate the subject. This works best when it is dark. It is made by moving a light source over the subject while taking a long exposure image. A few ideas for  painting with light: Portraits, film, still life, and landscapes.
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What Antique, Vintage, and Retro Really Mean

I like old stuff. I don’t know why. I just know it makes me happy.

While looking for well found treasures or fun old finds online, I found that the terms antique, vintage, and retro were almost always used interchangeably, and more often than not, incorrectly. So I did some digging to cut through the clutter to find out what ‘antique,’ ‘vintage,’ ‘retro,’ really mean. Continue reading

The Paleo Diet for Men

Three simple tricks to start being Paleo.

The most important thing in life is your health.  On average, most american men are 23 pounds overweight.  Making an positive impact on your health is actually very easy.  One of the most popular lifestyle trends in America is called the Paleo diet. There are three simple tips to start you on a new you.  It’s cheap, it’s free, and is very easy. It is perfect for the time starved American man.  You too can start, right now.

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The Importance of Studying Abroad

I believe every sStudy Abroad- Karla in Dresdentudent should study abroad. I decided to study in Berlin, Germany. Why Berlin you ask?  The Berlin program at Nazareth College offered an internship component. So not only was I earning course credits, but I also had the opportunity to gain work experience in Berlin’s professional work industry.
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How to: Grow Your Brand on Instagram

How to grow your brand on Instagram and get noticed.

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The power of Instagram is enormous – more than 16 billion photos have been shared to date, with an average of 55 million uploaded each day. Social media users interact with brands on Instagram 58 times more than they do on Facebook, and a whopping 120 times more than on Twitter. With so many users, it’s hard to get noticed. Increasing brand visibility and building a community on Instagram is one of the most challenging things to do, but follow these 5 steps and you will reach your goal in no time.

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The Bespoke Boy Decides on Custom Tailoring

 

How and when does one decide, or even know, when he’s interested in the fine art of custom #tailoring? Is it because he feels like a slouch among his peers? Does he see is good work at the office is on point, yet the most dapper man at the table is getting eye contact and dominating the conversation? Just what could be done to get both in alignment? Perhaps you’ve now reached the point of a commissioned stylist to tailor in the lines of fit, specific choice in collar and cuff? The made to measure world seems unknown and uncomfortable to you. But the time has come to find the fit, take more care, and as Mary Poppins would say at the end of the task, “Spit spot.”

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How To Measure Social Media Engagement

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It isn’t good enough for your brand to simply exist in the social media universe today. Cultivating social media engagement should be a top priority if you want to remain relevant and impact your bottom line (plus, it is “social” media after all). But with so many different social media channels out there, each offering unique types of engagement (Likes, RTs, +1s, Comments, Shares, etc.), how can you know if the engagement you’re receiving is really helping?

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Conscious Breathing: One Minute Breath

Feel like you are breathing underwater? Drowning in an ocean of constant stimulation, stress, and chaos? Welcome to modern-day living, where we tether to electronics, people, and ideas, but rarely make the time to deeply connect with our breath. Conscious breathing improves mental clarity, increases energy and relieves stress. Continue reading

Never Work a Day in Your Life

Marketing Innovation for Telcos

Telcos have powerfully disjointed marketing channels

Although traditional marketing channels have led the industry in promoting brands and services

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throughout the past decades, carriers have the hidden treasure in key marketing channels.  Telcos have the power of always on communication with their subscribers through text messages, USSD, SIM Browsing, Push Notifications and IVR.  Marketing innovation can be achieved by unifying these disjointed channels.

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For the love of vintage books

My fascination with all things vintage started with my love for reading.

I’ve always been a book worm – as a child I hid in the attic so I could finish those last few Judy Blume pages before dinner. As a teenager, I was all too happy to be sent to my room to “think about what I had done” while flipping through a Danielle Steele romance novel. And as a grown up, I discarded the idea of downloading a book onto Kindle for the comfort of turning pages. So, during a trip to London years ago, a friend of mine took me down Charing Cross Road, famously lined with old bookstores – and full of vintage books.

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LinkedIn Tips for Lawyers – Manage Your Endorsements

Manage your endorsements on LinkedInYou sit at your computer and an email from LinkedIn pops up notifying you a connection has endorsed you for your legal abilities in real estate – only problem is your practice consists of immigration work. Although your connections mean well by endorsing your skills, their endorsement might not be for the areas you practice in or how you want to represent your practice. You start to take notice of LinkedIn Endorsements and think to yourself, “What can I do to manage my endorsements better?” Thankfully, managing your endorsements on LinkedIn isn’t as hard as it might seem. There are several approaches you can take to manage your endorsements quickly and easily.
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The Revolutionary Experience

The Revolutionary Experience of Bruce Springsteen

My first encounter with the boss

It was the summer of 1978 and my life was forever altered when I heard the first beat of a rock and roll song – Born to Run by Bruce Springsteen.  He changed my world and now after 40 years,  I want to know why. What made me and so many other fans follow Bruce so fastidiously through his career? Why is he associated with John Steinbeck or Walt Whitman both whom have compassion for the people but never managed to speak to the people. Was it his passion for the common man that encourage his fans to forever follow him or was it his passion for life that taught us to deepen our senses of who we are and what we can become.

I remember the day vividly. It was a hot summer night when a small group of friends gathered around an old fashion vinyl record player listening for the first time a new rock and roll artist, name Bruce Springsteen. Just graduated from college and without a job or any income, we all agreed to purchase floor tickets for the upcoming concert. At that time, floor ticket holders were not required to stay in your seats. Unknowingly this point became critical for my first experience at a Bruce Springsteen concert. Even though our seats were on the floor and at the very back row from the stage we were excited to be there.  The doors opened at 8:00 with Bruce and the E Street Band taking front stage by 8:15. Unlike every other band in that era, Bruce began the most passionate engaging concert I had ever been too. Because we were on the floor , we all rushed the stage and stood enamored for three hours to the actions, songs and passion of Bruce Springsteen. By the end of the concert, strangers who stood by you became friends. It didn’t matter that no one understood his words, he played his music and it touched our souls. Simply put, he built a community through his music.

This is the song that started my journey  

 

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Bruce Springsteen

Born To Run

In the day we sweat it out on the streets of a runaway American dream 
At night we ride through the mansions of glory in suicide machines 
Sprung from cages out on highway 9, 
Chrome wheeled, fuel injected, and steppin' out over the line 
Oh-oh, Baby this town rips the bones from your back 
It's a death trap, it's a suicide rap 
We gotta get out while we're young 
`Cause tramps like us, baby we were born to run 
yes, girl we were
Wendy let me in I wanna be your friend 
I want to guard your dreams and visions 
Just wrap your legs 'round these velvet rims 
and strap your hands 'cross my engines 
Together we could break this trap 
We'll run till we drop, baby we'll never go back 
Oh-oh, will you walk with me out on the wire 
`Cause baby I'm just a scared and lonely rider 
But I gotta know how it feels 
I want to know if love is wild 
Babe I want to know if love is real 
Oh, can you show me
Beyond the Palace hemi-powered drones scream down the boulevard 
Girls comb their hair in rearview mirrors 
And the boys try to look so hard 
The amusement park rises bold and stark 
Kids are huddled on the beach in a mist 
I wanna die with you Wendy on the street tonight 
In an everlasting kiss 
1-2-3-4!
The highway's jammed with broken heroes on a last chance power drive 
Everybody's out on the run tonight 
but there's no place left to hide 
Together Wendy we can live with the sadness 
I'll love you with all the madness in my soul 
Oh-oh, someday girl I don't know when 
we're gonna get to that place 
Where we really wanna go 
and we'll walk in the sun 
But till then tramps like us 
baby we were born to run 
Oh honey, tramps like us
baby we were born to run 

Come on with me, tramps like us
baby we were born to run 
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Mm-mm-mm-mm
Whoa-oh-oh-oh
Whoa-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh
Ru-uh-uh-un

Surreal Double Exposure in Camera

Surreal Double Exposure in Camera

Image by Spencer Martinez

Creating a surreal double exposure in camera can be done if your camera has the capabilities, if you know how to set the exposures and understand how to adjust the settings. The concept lies within shooting your first image, the subject in a silhouette while blowing out the background, then with the second exposure filling in the underexposed areas. To be successful with this process, you will need to step down one stop for each shot.

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The POTUS Podcast

Maron Lands Obama for Historic WTF Podcast

The digital media landscape took a major step forward on Thursday as it was announced that President Barack Obama would enter comedian Marc Maron’s garage for a taping of Maron’s popular WTF With Marc Maron podcast. Continue reading

Social Media Can Drive Sales

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Social media is very important in today’s digital age and social media can drive sales, but that depends on how well a company uses the tools provided for each platform. First and foremost, if a company is not present online they are probably perceived as untrustworthy, hiding something, or they don’t care enough about their customers to interact with them on a personal basis, so it is important to have a social media presence. That said social media is a tool that can be used for so many different things, like customer service, announcing new products and services, and even telling customers about new deals, but the one thing that every business wants is for their efforts to drive sales!

So how do you than use social media to drive sales? Well, it depends on how much effort and time your business puts in. According to Bryan Kramer, the CEO of Pure Matter, the best strategy is not to sell, but to spend your time listening on all the different platforms. Below are 3 tactics that if businesses use show how social media can drive sales. Continue reading

The Evolution of Communication

The evolution of communication. Once we understand that every generation communicates differently we will be able to build more effective relationships

The Evolution of Communication

The way people communicate has evolved over the years. If you look back on history you will see that are many stages to the way people have communicated. You have people that are only accepting of human touches: face -to- face, telephone, audio and video chat. Then you have people that are only accepting of electronic touches such as email, IM, texting, blogs, podcasting and last but not least social media. And of course there are people that are accepting of both.

Have you ever considered that people from different generations communicate differently? For example my mother does not understand the internet slang abbreviation LOL (laughing out loud). This is a prime example of generational communication gaps. Now it’s all beginning to make sense.

What if we could understand how to effectively communicate to all generations?

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Syllabus & Schedule for SUM15

Here is the syllabus and the class schedule for the Summer 2015 Digital Engagement class.

SYLLABUS DigPro SUM15

SCHEDULE DigPro SUM15